Do You Need a Full or Mini Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty Dallas, TXPregnancy and childbirth, or the gain and loss of a good deal of weight, can play havoc with your lower abdomen area. The dreaded tummy pooch is often what is left, and no one likes that look. This area, especially if the muscles have become separated, is very difficult to successfully target with exercise and dieting.

But a pooch doesn’t have to remain an unwelcome reminder of having kids, Dr. Amirlak can slim your lower abdomen with a tummy tuck. The question is, do you need a full tuck or a mini tuck?

Full tummy tuck

In a full tummy tuck, Dr. Amirlak makes two incisions. The first runs from hipbone to hipbone, pushing down toward the pubic area. This incision is meant to be able to be hidden under a swimsuit bottom or underwear. A second incision is made around the navel to remove the attachment of the navel to the belly skin. Once the skin and fat layer is lifted, Dr. Amirlak usually will bring the underlying muscles back together where they have been permanently stretched. This suturing slims the contour and the waistline. The skin is pulled downward and trimmed, often to the height of your former belly button, and then it is reattached to make a dramatically tighter contour. Sometimes liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck if there are pockets of fat that need to be removed. In most cases, the belly button is moved higher.

Mini tummy tuck

A mini tummy tuck involves only the lower incision on the bikini line. There is no upper incision. Mini tucks don’t address sagging above the navel.

A mini tummy tuck is a simpler procedure that will require somewhat less downtime and creates one less scar. But it is not for everyone. Mini tucks are ideal for people at normal body weight, with just a small, lower belly pooch. If you have excess fat, saggy skin above your belly button, or have lost a lot of weight and have a lot of excess skin, you’ll need a full tummy tuck.

Obviously, you will discuss your options with Dr. Amirlak during your tummy tuck consultation. After examining your condition, the two of you may decide only a mini tummy tuck is necessary. Or you together may decide on the full procedure.

A sagging tummy doesn’t have to be an unwelcome reminder of your pregnancy or weight loss. Call Dr. Amirlak at 214-645-5560 and schedule a consultation to see if a full or mini tummy tuck could be right for you.

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